Accidents involving commercial vehicles account for more than 5,000 fatalities and more than 100,000 injuries nationwide each year. These crashes usually occur with little warning and can result in serious and catastrophic consequences for victims. Being involved in a commercial truck accident leaves victims and family members wondering what their legal rights and options are. Fortunately, there is legal help available in all 50 states following a commercial truck accident. In order for injured victims and family members to recover, the cause of the accident must first be determined.
There are many possible causes for a truck crash and deciding on a cause can be a difficult and lengthy process. When you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to speak with an attorney about your legal rights as soon as possible. In this article, we will look at several common causes of truck accidents and how they can affect innocent victims.
As always, if you believe you may have a case, you should reach out to an attorney for advice. At Burg Simpson, our national truck accident attorneys are standing by to help during your time of need.
The most common legal concept associated with traffic accidents is negligence. In legal terms, negligence means acting below the standard of a reasonable person. In a truck accident case, the reasonable person standard means how a reasonable truck driver would have acted under the circumstances. If the driver’s conduct falls below the reasonable person standard and leads to an accident, they can be held legally responsible for the resulting injuries.
A thorough investigation will be conducted following a truck accident. The goal of this investigation is to determine how the accident took place and who should be held responsible. Initially, law enforcement will handle the investigation. Trained detectives and crash reconstructionists will document the scene. This includes taking photographs and measurements, and speaking with witnesses. After documentation occurs, a report will be made on the most likely cause of the collision. This report can then be used by others in deciding how to legally proceed following a truck accident.
There are several common or recurring causes of truck accidents, including:
It is not uncommon for truck accident damages to be well into six figures. In cases of fatal crashes, the number can be even higher. Having an accurate and realistic picture of your case, along with its strengths and weaknesses, is an extremely important piece of information for victims in order to make decisions about their cases. The availability of damages is a key consideration and can be used to leverage a favorable settlement in appropriate cases. However, the cause of the crash must first be determined through a careful and thorough investigation. Before making any decisions, you should speak with an attorney at the soonest possible time. Due to the statute of limitations, you may only have a short time in which to act.
Here at Burg Simpson, our national truck accident lawyers are here for you during your time of need. We will ensure that you receive the benefit of all potential damages in your case. We provide free consultations for all potential clients. Our firm handles most cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no financial obligation until we obtain a recovery on your behalf. To schedule your time to speak with one of our attorneys, please reach out to us using our online intake form or give us a call at (866) 696-1750.